The Toronto Maple Leafs are pretty deep up front, and while speculation has run wild over their desire to upgrade their blueline, the team won't move its up-and-coming talent for a short-term fix.
In an interview with Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan reiterated management's position and indicated that his team will not sacrifice part of its future.
"Our vision's not going to change, but the day-to-day blueprint has to change every day," Shanahan told Sportsnet.ca. "Things happen to your team, things happen around the league, you have to be ready. So there really is no one way we've outlined we're going to do this thing. If we have an opportunity to make ourselves better and it fits into what our vision is (we'll do it). Our vision isn't going to change. Our vision is to build a team that can sustain success over a long period of time."
The Maple Leafs remain active on the trade front, exploring multiple options and keeping their eyes open. Earlier today, they traded castaway forward Peter Holland to the Arizona Coyotes for a conditional draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
"Does that mean we're not going to make any trades? No, it doesn't mean that," Shanahan said. "Does that mean we're going to get a little taste of success and sacrifice years and years of our future to get something for today? No."
Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello would certainly like to add a young stud defenseman to his roster, but the move must make sense.
Acquiring a veteran blueliner in the final year of his contract closer to the March 1 trade deadline if the Leafs are in the playoff hunt just doesn't align with their "vision."
But the team will continue to be active, at the very least in the exploratory sense.